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Fiscal Year 2011
Division Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Science
Department Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Investigator(s) Agrawal, Jr., Brij N.
Sponsor National Reconnaissance Office (DoD)
Summary The objective of this continuing project is to develop and operate spacecraft laboratories to provide noteworthy improvement to the Space Systems Curricula. This project has resulted in the development of seven state-of-the-art spacecraft laboratories at NPS including the new Segmented Mirror Space Telescope Laboratory. During 2009, several major achievements have been made in the development of the laboratories. The Segmented Mirror Telescope testbed was delivered to the new Segmented Mirror Space Telescope Laboratory. For the Adaptive Optics Beam Control Laboratory, HEL Beam Control testbed, HEL Adaptive Optics testbed, segmented mirror testbed, and Redundant Spacings Calibration Wavefront Sensing testbed were upgraded. For the FLTSATCOM laboratory, new OS/COMET system was installed and custom hardware was developed to achieve end-to-end link to the FLTSATCOM ground validation satellite hardware. In the Spacecraft Design Laboratory, eight new workstations are acquired and custom software package for classes and design project were developed. In the NPS-AFRL Optical Relay Mirror Laboratory, the new star tracker became operational for the three axis spacecraft simulator. For the Smart Structures Laboratory, a new Smart Vibration Beam System Testbed is completed in 2009. During 2009, under course AE 4871, NPS students provided a preliminary design of the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) NPS SAR Sat. In 2010, the TT&C system upgrade for FLTSATCOM Laboratory will be completed. For the Spacecraft Design Laboratory, the maintenance/upgrading of the aerospace design tools and technical library will continue. In the Segmented Mirror Space Telescope Laboratory, the segmented mirror telescope will become operational for education and research. The Adaptive Optics Beam Control Laboratory will be significantly upgraded for student's research work and laboratory demonstrations.
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